Portraits

For Harrah and Nikki, we opted not to do the typical Santa Monica Beach/Pier shots – eating ice cream, holding a balloon, and looking out over the railing on the pier. Instead, we took unique shots of Harrah and Nikki that speak volumes about the love they share for one another. We visited multiple locations in Santa Monica: The pier & boardwalk, Tongva Park, and the Viceroy Hotel. They wore both the traditional Indian wedding garb and western wedding attire, which was great for working around the various areas of the beach-front. The architectural structures, the park’s colorful fields with lush greenery, the mosaic archway of City Hall, the evening silhouettes with the rollercoaster at the Santa Monica Pier in the distance – all were great backdrops to support this fantastic content. As a side-note, Tongva Park is a great place to have a session because it is not your typical park. It’s an example of great landscape design & overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The Read More

Engagements

Some couples just flow easy together like a fine wine and a good meal, and Alan and Jenae are the perfect example. Not only do they look comfortable in casual day clothing but they also look like they own the world when they slip into something more fancy like these photos show. And even though we opted to take their engagement photos at some of the usual places like downtown LA’s  City Hall Park and at the Grand Park Fountains, we put a little of our magic into the shots to make them turn out fun & candid. There’s nothing like grabbing a shot at just the right time to capture a priceless expression. Downtown Los Angeles also affords us the unique  architecture, beautiful fountains, and secret little nooks & crannies to work in… it’s all so inviting. Can’t you just see yourself there, too? We love the contrast of getting those lit night shots, too that highlight the couple in all of their glory Read More

Portraits

Nothing says “wow what a surprise,” better than when a man drops down on his knee to propose! And that’s exactly what happened when Chet decided to ask Michelle to be his future wife when the two were at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. We were there to capture the moment on camera — which left us feeling happy — and snapped many photos of their special day at the picturesque location. From casual shots of the couple walking to a close-up of their hands overlapping each other’s and more Michelle showing off her engagement ring, it was a great day for all. They also climbed some rocks, embraced on the shoreline, and simply enjoyed themselves savoring their time together. Of course Chet chose a magical place to pledge his love when he picked the Terranea Resort. Poised above coastal bluffs with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Terranea Resort opened in June 2009 as the only luxury Read More

Weddings

Let’s get this party started! Once Liem and Leila’s was over at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Seal Beach, it was time to party at their reception at the Devon Estate in Long Beach where you could instantly feel the excitement. We love when a couple is so in love that it comes right through the lens like these shots we took of these two kicking up their heels along with their guests at this local gem of a spot. But before we headed to the reception, we stole the bride and groom away for some fun alone time portraits under the Seal Beach Pier. It’s so important so get these great shots because ultimately they’re the ones that will be hanging on the bride & groom’s wall for years to come! The reception details were right up my alley – simple, rustic, earthy. Their simple two-tiered cake topped with little birds, place cards wrapped with twine, poised on a tiny little logs. The centerpieces were Read More

Weddings

Catching the bride and groom while they’re getting ready for their big day and before they say their vows can be exciting for them and us! In these candid, and very moving photos of Liem and Leila’s wedding day, you can see how much love and happiness they feel for one another through their big smiles. The shots of Leila getting her make-up done and her hair styled are all truly special. We also took a few shots of the bride’s wedding shoes, her mom buttoning up her wedding dress, and a great shot of the back of her dress with its large mauve-colored satin bow that made for a great close-up shot to show is detail.  Not to be out done, we took some photos of the groom as he, too, got ready for his big day many while getting help from his best man. He also looked at ease when he took a quick stroll with his buddies around the grounds, and Read More

Engagements

One thing we really enjoy is taking engagement photos of couples in beautiful surroundings throughout the Southland and since there are so many to chose from, it’s always a photographer’s dream. We especially enjoyed accompanying Billy and Shannon to Santiago Parks Regional Park in Orange County for these fun shots. Lying peacefully in east Orange alongside the Santiago Creek, the 1,269-acre Santiago Oaks Regional park is a nature lover’s paradise. This secluded refuge offers hikers, bikers and equestrians the natural charm of mountain vistas, an orange grove, a meandering creek and a mature forest of many different species of trees. Wildlife abounds and a series of interconnecting trails leads through shady groves and to a lookout that features an awe-inspiring view of Orange and the surrounding foothills. Billy and Shannon were at ease when we took these photos of them having a good time whether it was showing off some “Mr. and Mrs.” beverage coozies, sharing an embrace, walking the trails Read More

Behind the ScenesWeddings

When two people decide to forego having a formal wedding ceremony and elope, sometimes there’s a misconception that just because they are secretly getting married it’s less significant or that the occasion does not call for putting some extra special touches on the day. We totally disagree. As a matter fact, by making the decision to elope, that actually gives you the opportunity (and often times the money) to get extra creative in a myriad of ways. So, if you and yours are planning to elope and you’d like a few tips on how to make it a day that you’ll both never forget, we have a few great ideas for you below:   Don’t limit the options to the courthouse. Although there are a lot of couples who get married at their local courthouse (and that’s totally fine), you don’t have to limit the possibilities to that one location. So long as you know someone who is able to Read More

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It’s already September, which means the holidays will be here in no time! Before you get caught up in the festivities, make sure to book your holiday mini-session with us. There is nothing your sweet Auntie would want more for the holidays than new pictures of YOU, and do we even have to tell you how many compliments you will get on your beautiful, press printed holiday cards? We have put together some amazing packages this year that we know you will love. To top it off, we are even running a promotion when you book by September 30th!   Without further ado, here are the details: Each session is 30 minutes, will take place anywhere within the greater Long Beach area, and can include up to 6 people. When you book online, use the promo code 25OFF to pay just $75 for your session fee. Be sure to check out our mini-session packages to view the full details and products available! To sign up for your Read More